Atlanta Ballet names interim executive director

Last month, the Atlanta Ballet announced that executive director Barry Hughson would be leaving his post to lead the Boston Ballet beginning June 1. Today, the Ballet announced Virginia Hepner as the interim executive director. Hepner spent 25 years with Wachovia and retired from the bank in 2005.

More on Hepner from the Atlanta Ballet's press release:

Hepner has been one of Atlanta’s most visible advocates for the arts.  She was instrumental in the creation of the Metro Atlanta Arts and Culture Coalition and served a six-year term, as well as, Chaired the Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund Advisory Board. Additionally, she was a member on Mayor Shirley Franklin’s 2007 Task Force on public funding for the arts, and Chair of the 2004 Atlanta Firms Committee of the Woodruff Arts. In 2006 she served as the Interim Executive Director of Brand Atlanta, Inc. In recognition of her community leadership Hepner was honored with the 2008 Phoenix Award from Atlanta Mayor Franklin.

While Hughson will remain on board through Don Quixote, the ’08-’09 season's final show (May 7-16), Hepner will start work immediately. ''

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